Inspired by the "cool"ed Drum writeup, and the gaping hole it left in regards to Southeast Asian percussion instruments.

The two most common are the tabla and the mridangam, which are native Indian drums, although recently the tambourine has been gaining widespread use. There is also an instrument that resembles an overturned clay pot, whose name escapes me at the moment.

As a general rule, percussion instruments in India are all played manually, that is to say, with the hands only (and without the use of sticks).

One of the most interesting Indian musical performances I have ever had the pleasure of listening to was a percussion jugalbandi.